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Turkey, Istanbul: Koç University Arts & Sciences (CIEE)
Istanbul, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Turkish
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Dormitory, Homestay
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Shanna Van Beek
Program Description:


Koç University Campus

About the Location

Turkey is a dynamic country of more than 78 million people that bridges the divide between East and West.  Situated in both Asia and Europe, Turkey is an important political, economic, and cultural crossroads with strong ties to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. While the Turkish republic was founded in 1923, the rich history of the region stretches back millennia.  The city of Istanbul, at the heart of a major metropolitan area and boasting a population of more than 13 million people, spreads across both the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Straits. Istanbul has a long and vibrant history, including nearly 500 years as the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The historic areas of Istanbul are on the UN World Heritage List and include sites such as the Hagia Sophia. Modern Istanbul is the financial and cultural center of Turkey.


Established in the fall of 2009, the CIEE Study Center at Koç University provides a rigorous academic study abroad program through direct enrollment in Koç University language and area studies courses. In addition to Turkish language courses, students select from regular Koç University courses in arts, social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, business, and engineering.

All Koç University courses are taught in English and combine lecture and discussion formats. Class size tends to be small, allowing for maximum interaction between students and faculty. Some introductory level courses combine large weekly lectures with smaller discussion sections. The Turkish language courses are small and include practice sessions with peer tutors for optimal language acquisition. Most courses meet three to four hours a week. Study abroad students may take any course offered as long as they have completed the necessary prerequisites and received permission from the instructor.

Participants take Turkish language alongside other CIEE and international students at Koç University. For all other classes, participants directly enroll in host University courses and take classes with Turkish and other international students.

The strong academic program at Koç is complemented by a variety of social, cultural, sports, and volunteer activities.  Students have access to campus facilities, including athletic and recreational facilities.  

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

To see course listings for this semester program, visit the host program website.

General Program Dates

Fall semester – early September to mid January (students may be eligible for early exams)
Spring semester – late January to early June


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets--coming soon!

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs.  Information is available on the CIEE website.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Participants live in residence halls on the Koç University campus. Study abroad students typically share a double room with a Turkish roommate. The residence halls are close to all campus buildings and include free laundry and kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare their meals in the residence hall or eat at campus or neighborhood restaurants and cafés. The university has its own small grocery store and several restaurants and cafés, some open 24 hours.  Dorms include single, double-occupancy, triple, and quadruple rooms.  Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have shared, common facilities.  Students are placed based on preference and availability of room type.  Wireless Internet access, cable-TV, and phone-services are available in each room.  Each dorm room has a refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, light, pillow, and blanket.  Students provide their own towel, pillow case, and sheets.  Each building has a laundry room, kitchen, and a lounge with TV, computers, and printer.  Weekly housekeeping services are available.  Students can prepare their own meals or eat in one of the campus cafeterias.  There is a market on campus and other services include a 24-hour health center, bank, hair-dresser, post-office, and bookstore.

A limited number of homestays are available each semester to students. All homestays are carefully recruited and screened by CIEE staff. Host families provide two meals daily, and a private room. Students should contact CIEE at the time of application to learn more about the homestay option.


Students must complete the online Elon University study-abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Upon arrival, exchange students are welcomed with an orientation program at Koç University.  During the orientation, students meet their mentors, have Survival Turkish classes, Koç University Academic Information System (KUAIS) training sessions, activities with student clubs (volleyball, football, basketball tournaments), an Istanbul City tour, a welcome party at the outdoor swimming pool or the ice skating rink, and a welcome brunch in a traditional village.

Additional Information and Links

Interested in the program?  Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni, meet interested students, and get program updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Embassy of Turkey in Washington 
Embassy of the United States in Ankara 
Consulate General of the United States in Istanbul 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/19/2015
02/19/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 01/20/2016 06/05/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.